The Redditch Spiritualist Centre
SPIRITUALISM IS A COMBINATION OF RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE AND WEEKLY SESSIONS ARE HELD FOR THOSE WISHING TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.
Spiritualism is an officially recognised religion, with its own Churches and Educational Centres. It has its own Ministers, who possess the same rights and privileges as any other religion. The philosophy of Spiritualism is based on Seven fundamental principles:-
- The Fatherhood of God
- The Brotherhood of Man
- The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels
- The Continuous Existence of the Human Soul
- Personal Responsibility
- Compensation and Retribution hereafter for all the Good and evil deeds done on earth
- Eternal Progress open to every human soul
The core belief of the religious philosophy of Spiritualism is the acceptance of a Divine Energy. This force, whatever name given to it, has created all there is and sustains all its creation.
The main aim of Mediumship is to provide evidence of survival of the human personality beyond physical death.
How Redditch Spiritualist Church came to be
Redditch Spiritualist Church has been affiliated to the S.N.U. (Spiritualist’s National Union) since 3rd July 1967. A group of people first came together in 1965 as a result of an advert placed in the Redditch Indicator (the local newspaper) by Mrs Luce.
The group met regularly in a flat above the Birmingham Mail Office on Church Green just around the corner from the top of Bates Hill. The Founder Members were Mrs Luce, Oliver Lee, Audrey Harper, David James and Nancy Barron. They were soon joined by Ron and Pauline Meller and the meetings moved to a room above an agency in Littleworth off Evesham Street. In February 1967 the Church held an Annual General Meeting and passed a motion to seek affiliation to the SNU which was carried unanimously.
Early Presidents included Len Cooper, George Sanders, Pauline Meller, Larry Hall, Ron Meller, Mary Pior, David Eagleton and Stephen Childs.
A publicity meeting by Gordon Higginson, President of the SNU helped to promote the church which began to hold weekly services in the old Kingfisher Hall (Now demolished). Several of the early members are remembered for their Healing gifts particular Ron Meller, Stan Starling, Len Cooper, George Sanders and Joy Innocent.
When the Kingfisher Hall was demolished the church moved to the Conservative Club in Easemore Road, they remained there for several years until a fire forced them to move on.
The committee was keen to acquire a building and an opportunity arose to buy a wooden hut which had been the headquarters of Redditch Carnival Committee. The hut was purchased for around £1000 in 1983. The hut could seat about 30 people, it had a tiny kitchen, toilet and store room. After 4 years the council decided to re-develop the site and served notice on the church to quit.
Temporary accommodation was found until eventually meetings were held at the Labour Club in Bromsgrove Road. During the Presidency of David Eagleton a plot of land in Easemore Road was acquired and when Stephen Childs took over in 1987 on his return from Scotland building plans were drawn up and a loan from the SNU Trust was arranged. The building costs were around £30,000.
With great pride the new building was dedicated by Minister Eric Hatton in 1996 with the Mayor of Redditch in attendance. Malcolm Neal, a member and West Midlands medium made a generous donation in memory of his late brother to pay for the entrance canopy. Many members also donated chairs in memory of loved ones.
At last the Church could expand their activities and was open three or four evenings a week. Many people have contributed to the development of Redditch Spiritualist Church and a special mention should be made of Vicky Childs who achieved the SNU Long Service Award for 25 years service on committee in the capacity of Minute and Medium Secretary, Fundraiser and Treasurer.
Honorary Life Memberships were given to Audrey Harper, Oliver Lee, Viv Fisher and David Eagleton all now in the world of Spirit. Current Honorary Members are Don & Gina Harris, Robin & Annette Chubb and Graham & Kath Court.
In 2016 Redditch Spiritualist Church was renamed Redditch Spiritualist Centre.